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article imageWomen's soccer: Canada defeats Brazil in dramatic game

By Igor I. Solar     Oct 28, 2011 in Sports
Guadalajara - Canada won 4-3 over Brazil on penalty shootout after a 1-1 tie in regulation time getting the gold medal at the Pan American Games - Guadalajara 2011; Mexico obtained bronze by prevailing 1-0 over Colombia in overtime.
After just 3 minutes into the game, Brazil's Debora De Oliveira kicked a long-range shot that went to the top left corner of the net defended by Canadian goalkeeper Karina Leblanc.
In the second half, the Canadian women worked very hard in pursuit of equalizing. They succeeded at minute 88, just two minutes before the end of the game. The took advantage of a serious error of Brazilian goalkeeper Barbara Barbosa after a corner kick which was used to advantage by Christine Sinclair to score and send the game into overtime.
In overtime, both teams had good opportunities to break the tie. At minute 110, Sinclair missed a one on one that was well resolved by the Brazilian goalkeeper Barbosa. Ketlen Wiggers of Brazil also missed a good chance to score for her team. At the end of the 30 additional minutes, the game had to be defined by penalty shots.
In the penalty shootout, the Canadian team scored four of the five shots, while Brazil managed to score only three of their five shots. Diana Matheson, Christine Sinclair, Melanie Booth and Sophie Schmidt scored for Canada; on the side of the South Americans, Alberto, Goncalves and Wiggers scored, while Nascimento and De Oliveira missed their chances.
The Bronze medal went to Mexican team by defeating Colombia 1-0 in overtime.
Screengrab - An enthusiastic Canadian fan celebrates the victory of the national team.
Screengrab - An enthusiastic Canadian fan celebrates the victory of the national team.
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